Things to see and do

With more than enough to fill a whole day, there’s so much to see and do at Washington Wetland Centre.

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Explore our ponds

Our purpose-built raised ponds offer a safe and secure environment, full of fascinating creatures for your learners to discover. Book our expert-led pond dipping session and view a variety of pond creatures live on screen, using our underwater camera.

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Get up close to birds from around the world

Get up close to rare and endangered birds from around the world. See your learners’ faces light up as they experience these incredible creatures.

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Fabulous flamingos

Our beautiful Chilean flamingos are a spectacular sight to see. Visit at feeding time to find out more about their adaptations to wetland life.

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Enjoy our urban oasis

Lose yourself in 45 hectares of stunning wetland vistas and contemplative corners. Washington Wetland Centre is a natural wonder rarely found so close to major urban centres. A great place for learners to de-stress, improving their mental wellbeing. Simply be, in peaceful habitats.

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Meet our otters

Meet our otter family. Watch them play, feed and interact and find out how they are adapted to their wetland home.

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Investigate our Waterlab

Check out our colourful Waterlab where you can learn about the water cycle and explore our award-winning garden which includes features that help save water and minimise flooding.

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Watch wildlife from our child-friendly hides

For chilled out wildlife watching, visit our bird hides at Saline Lagoon, Hawthorn Wood and Wader Lake which are perfect for any class starting out. Use our ID books to identify different species and borrow our binoculars to further enhance this experience.

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Let off steam

Your learners can play and enjoy the fresh air in our outdoor Playscape. Scramble nets, climbing frames and water play make this adventure playground a mini explorer’s paradise, perfect for kids of all ages.

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Learning sessions

We can also deliver fun, hands-on learning sessions for your learners.